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Selected gites and cottages in Lot, Aveyron, Lozère & Ardèche

Holiday accommodation in the south of the Massif Central

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Village in the Lot
The departments of Lot, Aveyron, Lozère and Ardèche form the southern edge of the Massif Central uplands.

The four departments of the southern Massif Central, the LALA fringe, constitute one of the wildest and most sparsely populated areas of France. The region stretching from the Lot in the west,  through Averyron and Lozère in the middle, to the Ardèche in the east forms the rather arid southern part of the Massif Central. While the Lot and the western Aveyron, in the west, bordering on the gentle countryside of southwest France, are milder and greener areas, the limestone highlands, stretching from the Aveyron through the Lozère and to the Ardèche, offer a wild landscape, where the bedrock is seldom far below the surface. In the past, agriculture in this region was very poor, and the arid steppes of the area known as the "Causses" supported little more than subsistance farming and the rearing of sheep. Perhaps the most famous product of the area is Roquefort, the celebrated blue cheese made from ewe's milk.
   On the upland marches of three departments, the Aveyron, the Cantal and the Lozère, and three regions the Midi-Pyrenees, the Auvergne and the Languedoc, the Aubrac plateau is an upland area of forests and open prairies, famed for its cattle.
    Over large areas, the land is covered by scrub and woodland, and the region is penetrated by deep river gorges, notably the "Ardèche gorges" and the "Tarn gorges" in the Aveyron and Lozère, the most spectacular canyon in France. The pilgrimage village of Rocamadour, in the Quercy, is one of the most visited sites in France. Until the opening of the A75 motorway with its celebrated "Tarn viaduct", the highest bridge in Europe, the region suffered from serious problems of accessibility. But today access is no problem.
     There is not a lot of holiday accommodation in this area: most of the gites and cottages are geared for people wanting to relax well away from the stresses of city life, or enjoy outdoor pursuits in the wide open spaces of the uplands.

Driving times:
from Calais or Lille: 9 to 12 hours under normal driving conditions, depending on destination.
Limoges, Lyon, Rodez, St Etienne.
Airlines serving this region: Flybe  Jet2 Easyjet

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Area 5 south . Southern upland France

The southern fringe of the Massif Central 

On this page:  Lot, Aveyron, Lozère and Ardèche : Main towns & cities: Cahors, Rodez, Millau, Mende, Privas

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Full list of gites listed by department (departments in random order)

Gites in Lot

  •  Large gite in the Lot 46 + 5 bedroom 3 bathroom traditional 18th cent. Quercy farmhouse set in seven acres with panoramic views.  Large swimming pool. Near Saint-Céré and Figeac. 
  • Lot, near Cahors 46    Self-contained 2-bed gite/apartment 14kms from Cahors. On edge of Catus, a village with main amenities. Leisure lake nearby. 
  • B & B with gite between Cahors & Sarlat 46   - In the peaceful Lot countryside with large heated  pool. Stylish bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms. Wifi. With an attractive apartment sleeping two . Near Cahors, Sarlat and Rocamadour. 
  • Quercy-Dordogne border 46 ~ Three quality gites, each with swimming pool, at Milhac, near Gourdon, well situated for tourist sites of Perigord and Quercy. 

Gites in the Aveyron

  • New !  Gites near Millau 12  -  Two recently renovated gîtes (5 & 9 person) in the small mediaeval village of Cantobre overlooking the beautiful Dourbie Valley. Perfect for outdoor activities or just relaxing.
  • B&B Villefranche de Rouergue 12 +  Run by an English couple, this B&B stands in the beautiful Aveyron gorge, ten minutes walk from the centre of the bastide town of Villefranche de Rouergue.
  • Gites south Aveyron with pool  12 Complex of four gites in the rolling hills of South Aveyron. Attractive gardens, outdoor pool. Bikes, boules, library, play area. Gites capacity 4, 5 or 6.
  • Gite Rodez 12   For medium-term summer lets only, minimum 3 weeks, attractive gite for up to 5 people in quiet residential part of Rodez, capital of the Aveyron. 15 minutes airport.  

Gites in Ardèche

  • Spacious gite for 6 in Ardèche hills   Spacious gite for 6 in a hamlet in the Monts d'Ardèche regional park s-w of Aubenas. Mountain views, terrace, garden.  Restaurants 3 km, river swimming.

Gites in Lozère

Sorry, we currently do not have any gites in the Lozère.

See also: ► Bed and Breakfast in the Massif Central

 ► Search further north (heart of the Massif Central) /
Auvergne, Limousin and the main part of the Massif Central
Includes the following French departments / comprend les départements suivants:
Auvergne: 03 Allier, 15 Cantal, 43 Haute Loire, 63 Puy de Dome
Limousin: 19 Corrèze, 23 Creuse, 87 Haute Vienne
Other departments: 42 Loire,

For some of the gites presented in this listing , booking must be made through Gites de France or through an online booking agency.

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